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Destination Everest, Nepal
Activities Trekking
Lowest Altitude Approximately 1310 meters Kathmandu
Highest Altitude Approximately 5545 meters Kalapatthar
Category Trekking
Activities EBC Gokyo Chola Pass trek
Difficulty Moderate
Duration 18 Days Trip,16 Days trek
Start-End Kathmandu-lukla-kalapathar-gokyo-machhermo-lukla-kathmandu
Group Size Minimum two to Maximum Fifteen
Best Season March-May, September-November
Cost $1550 per person

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Chola Pass

A region of northeastern Nepal on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest, the Khumbu region boasts of gigantic mountain peaks, the best views of Everest along with the other mountains in the region, exotic flora and fauna, and a truly diverse tradition. This trek includes Everest base camp, Kala Patthar, and Gokyo Ri among other destinations, which are considered to be one of the finest locations for viewing Everest.

Starting from Lukla, the trek follows the usual way to base camp from Namche, Tengboche and Dingboche. The famous Buddhist monastery and Sagarmatha National park are one of the major attractions of this place. We head to Kala Patthar for a spectacular view of the sunrise amidst Everest and other giants of the area. From here, we make our way to Gokyo, the place famous for Six Gokyo lakes and Gokyo Ri, another point for viewing Everest at its best. Then we head back to Lukla, enjoying the views that unravel themselves at each corner, and recollecting the days spent in this beautiful place.

The time spent in the Everest trek has been said to be the best of their lives by many trekkers. Without much doubt, it is bound to take a place in your heart as well; and with the spectacular scenery and friendly atmosphere, it is difficult not to.

 

Itinerary Overview

Day one: Arrival on kathmandu.

Day two: Fly to Lukla 
Day Three: Trek to Namche
Day four: Acclimatization day
Day Five: Trek to Tengboche
Day six: Trek to Dingboche
Day Seven: Acclimatization at Dingboche
Day eight: Trek to Lobuche
Day nine: Trek to Everest Base camp
Day ten: Trek to Kala Patthar and Dzongla
Day eleven: Trek to Thangna
Day twelve: Trek to Gokyo
Day thirteen: Rest day at Gokyo
Day fourteen: Trek to Machhermo
Day Fifteen: Trek to Namche Bazaar
Day sixteen: Trek to Lukla
Day Seventeen: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 01

Arrival on kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Lukla

You will be transferred to the domestic airport. The flight to Lukla from the airport takes about 35 minutes, and is a very scenic one. You will be introduced to your porters and trekkers that will be accompanying you in this trek, and as they prepare your travelling equipment you can look around the town.

As soon as we leave the town, there is a gentle climb along the mountainside on the left bank of Dudh koshi river. Nupla peak can be seen above the Kondge ridge at a distance on the opposite bank. The trail continues along a small path with many descents and ascents to reach Phakding.

Day 03: Trek to Namche

The path from Phakding continues with a level path along the right bank. After crossing a stream, you climb the terraced hill from the Dudh Koshi route, to arrive at Bengar. The way then ascends into the mountain, through your way to Chumoa. After passing the tiny village of Monjo, you walk up and down and pass many streams till you reach Sagarmatha National Park entrance, near the village of Jorsale, where an entry fee is collected. From Jorsale the landscapes unravel themselves at each turn as you enter a forested mountainside. The river forks along this V-shaped valley and after a short ascent along the Bhote Koshi river, you begin a steep walk to the Namche. Along the way you’ll discover many traditional huts as well as many new buildings that are being built to accommodate the ever increasing and booming tourist trade. As the mountain path zigzags uphill, you will emerge at a ridge top rest area that offers excellent views of Everest (8848m) and Lhotse (8516m.) The climb eases somewhat, as you travel along the way surrounded by pines. After passing the plateau you enter the Namche village.

Day 04: Acclimatization day

Namche, which is known as the gateway to Everest, is the capital of the Sherpa. It is the central trading hub, consisting many shops, health centers, hotels and lodges. This is the place to acclimatize before you hike up to higher altitudes. For doing so, you have various options. You can walk up to the Sherpa culture Museum, which also offers great views of the Himalayas and the Namche from a height. The other option would be the

Monastery located in the Sherpa populated Khumjung, where the splendid views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Tawche can be enjoyed. Or you can have an hour walk up to the Syangboche (3800m), where Everest View Hotel is situated above the outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru.

Day 05: Trek to Tengboche

The trek which takes five hours follows the contour from Namche before descending down Dudh Koshi river.  The first half of the climb to Tengboche monastery is especially steep but the Mani stone carvings will power you up. The climb then eases somehow one you enter a forested mountainside, and as the trail goes down a mountainside, a stone gate is seen which marks your entry to the Tengboche monastery. There is a hotel and lodge managed by the Nation Park service in this area.

Day 06: Trek to Dingboche

With the Khumbu mountains as a backdrop, you leave Tengboche and descend a rhododendron canopy to a pleasant level area. Being welcomed by a long Mani stone wall, you enter the village of Deboche. You continue to Minlinggo and leave the mountain path to cross over a suspension bridge to the left bank of the Imja Khola. The ascent through a chorten-lined route leads to a fork, where you take the lower route to Pangboche Olin and its stone wall-enclosed potato field. The trails climb slowly, winding above the Imjatse River, to a big Mani Stupa. From here, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imjatse Valley beneath the mighty peaks of Ama Dablam, Nuptse and Lhotse.

Day 07: Acclimatization at Dingboche

Dingboche is a village in the Khumbu region of north eastern Nepal. Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers for acclimatization. The village relies heavily on tourists with lodges and tenting areas comprising most of Dingboche. One of the characteristics of Dingboche is the kilometers of stone walls, built using the stones of different sizes that cover the entire Valley of Imja.  A short walk to the island peak with breathtaking views of the north face of Ama Dablam and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge aids acclimatization. You could also hike upto Chhukum, from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Island peak, Ama Dablaml, Makalu, Tawoche peak and others.

Day 08: Trek to Lobuche

The trek to Lobuche is pretty long but with a vast landscape which makes it a beautiful walk. You will cross several frozen streams starting from high on the mountain with juniper bushes. The onward journey leads north for up to 50-minutes till you arrive at a mani-prayer Stupa. The trail is gentle looking down to the Pheriche village below. After two hours of walking you stop near Dugla for lunch after which the climb gets more strenuous. On the way you will come across many memorials for the people who lost their lives during the Everest like Scott Fisher. One can see Mt Pumori 7165 meters, Lingtren 6713 meters and Khumbutse 6639 meters. Lobuche gives beautiful views of Nuptse and other mountains. Mt Everest and Lhotse although taller peaks are blocked by Nuptse.

Day 09: Trek to Everest Base camp

The hike out of Lobuche climbs steadily along the Khumbu Glacier and past the trail for the Italian Pyramid, which is a research center. The climbing isn’t long, steep, or intense, but the elevation is a little troublesome. The next bit of trail dips down between two hills before climbing back up to the same elevation. Gorak Shep is actually a frozen lakebed, covered in sand that stretches to the west and north of the outpost. The trail to EBC starts with a walk back towards the Khumbu Glacier through the incredibly loose sand of Gorak Shep’s dry lakebed. The trail reaches the top of the ridge and follows the mountain’s spine due north towards the cul-de-sac at the end of the glacier. Walking along the now flattening out trail, you can get a glimpse of the Everest. The trail then slopes downward and you reach the base camp, filled with piles of stones, prayer flags, and several “Everest base camp” signs. With the exception of the climb off the glacier and back up to the trail, the way back to Gorakshep is easy-going and mostly flat or downhill.

Day 10: Trek to Kala Patthar and Dzongla

One should leave Gorakshep early in order to view the sunrise. The way to Kala Patthar is long and strenuous, but is definitely worth it, as you get a clear and unobstructed view of the Everest surrounded by Pumori, Mt. Lingtren, Mt. Khumbetse, and many more. Then we head back to Gorkshep, from where the route descends gently to Lobuche. The narrow path flattends into a distance along the riverbed, and quite abruptly, climbs up to Dzongla.

Day 11: Trek to Thangna

Initially, you tread on flat stones through arid valley, and climb a sharp route to Chola glacier. The icy trail leads you to Chola pass in half an hour. You move down along the rocky way to Phedi, and goes through several ascents and descents to arrive at a ridge. The way to Thangana is downwards from this point. It is a small village with few lodges and tea shops, where you can get a glimpse of the Macchmero peak.

Day 12: Trek to Gokyo

You follow the path led by meltwater, which is flat and comparatively easy. Along the banks of Dudh Koshi, you walk upto the windy valley of Gokyo. Dudh Pokhari lake situated here is calm and breathtaking beneath the clear blue sky.

Day 13: Rest day at Gokyo

Located on the west side of the Ngozumpa glacier, which is the largest glacier in Nepal, Gokyo is a small hamlet of a few stone houses and one of the highest settlements in the world. Gokyo lakes are in the area; These lakes are the world’s highest freshwater lake system comprising six main lakes.

Day 14: Trek to Machhermo

Gokyo Ri looms above the village on the northern edge of the lake and you leave camp just after the first light, following a steep path up the hillside. As you climb, the summits of Everest, Lhotse and Makalu slowly come into sight. The view of Everest from the summit is considered to be one of the finest in the region. Following the Dudh koshi stream, it is a short walk to Machhermo.

Day 15: Trek to Namche Bazaar

The walk from Machhermo is mostly downhill to Phortse tenga following the canopy of Rhododendron, pine and local incense sticks.  The trail then ascends sharply to Monglo, and descends genlty to Khumjung. From Khumjung village another 30-minute walk brings you to the village of Khunde, where you can visit the Khunde Hospital funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust.  A scenic and pleasant walk brings you to Namche.

Day 16: Trek to Lukla

You will follow the Dudh koshi trail back to Lukla, going up and down at a sweet pace. You can buy special souvenirs like the yak bell on your way back. The last evening will be spent among the amiable Sherpa sipping on a traditional drink chhyaang and enjoying the Sherpa dance in the lap of Himalayas.

Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu

You take an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and it takes almost 30 minutes.

The Cost Includes:

Accommodation during the treks in local tea-houses and lodges
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner and 3 times tea) during the trek
One professional guide and porter for the trek with their meal,
Insurance and flight.
All National Park Entrance fee and TIMS card.
Airfare both ways to KTM - Lukla -KTM, in a fixed wing aircraft.
Down jacket and sleeping bag if necessary during the trek.
Airport picks up services.
Necessary transport.
First aid kits for guide and porters
Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs.

The Cost Excludes:

  • Bar bills (coca cola, mineral water etc.)
    Personal Insurance & emergency rescue charges if necessary
    Extra porter & transport charges in the event of landslides
    Other personal expenses, airport tax, Kathmandu city entrance fee
    Personal, medical and evacuation insurance
    Laundry, cost raised by re-routing, cancellation, political disturbance etc.
    Tips and any other expenses, which are not mentioned above.
    Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (We can arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget).

Equipment needed for Everest Base Camp Trek

To enjoy your trip more you need to be comfort and breathability all day long, for that you need to put emphasis on equipment’s that are necessary. The following list includes items that are necessary which can also be hired.

  • Backpack: During your trip you need to be careful to make the weight of your clothing equipment down to minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weigh no more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds.)
  • Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag rated to at least 15-degrees Fahrenheit (Optional/ Sleeping bag is provided by us if necessary)
  • Duffel Bag
  • Flash Light (Head lamp)
  • Sun glass
  • Water purifier

Feet

  • Trekking boots
  • Lightweight sandals
  • Woolen socks (3 pairs)

Clothes

While packing your clothes, you need to be careful to not to pack heavy clothes. It’s rather good to go on layers than in bulky clothes.

  • Hat (For warmth)
  • Lightweight long sleeve trekking shirts
  • Long sleeves are good for sun protection. Light weight makes for easy wash material
  • Fleece Jacket or pullover
  • Underwear (4 pairs)
  • Fleece or wool trouser/ Pants
  • Gaiters (Optional)
  • Thermal Clothing (As per the Season)
  • Lightweight rain Jacket
  • Warm Gloves or mittens
  • Sports bra

Miscellaneous Items

  • Sun block
  • Toilet articles and towel
  • Small Knife
  • First-aid kit (containing all drugs prescribed to you)
  • Batteries backup

Accommodation: You would be accommodated at Nagarjun homestay with facilities of hot water, western toilets, electricity, television, free WIFI during Kathmandu stay. And offered to stay at teahouses with facilities granted by teahouses during trek.

Meal: You would be offered breakfast, Nepali meal at homestay during time at Kathmandu while on trekking you would be provided Nepalese meals three times a day during trek.